No. 8 Seed Women's Soccer Falls to Santa Clara, 2-0

Nov. 11, 2000

BERKELEY - No. 8 seed California lost to Santa Clara, 2-0, in an NCAA second round game Saturday at Edwards Stadium in front of 1,642 fans, the facility's women's soccer record. The fourth-ranked Golden Bears conclude their record-breaking season with a 17-3-1 record (7-2 Pac-10), while the Broncos improve to 15-6-1 (4-3 WCC) and face the winner of the BYU-Stanford game next weekend. The 17 wins are a Cal school record.

'I think they're a very good team,' said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. 'I thought we had a good game today and that we played well. Unfortunately, we didn't win, but it doesn't diminish our season. One of our goals was to get a bye this year and take our program one step further. We did that by going from the round of 48 last year to the round of 32 this year. We didn't get our playoff win, but that will come with the program developing the way it's been.'

Late in the first half, Cal sophomore midfielder Brittany Kirk had a chance to put the Bears up 1-0, but she headed a cross from sophomore forward Laura Schott wide of the net.

Santa Clara jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 43rd minute from reserve forward Kristi Candau. She received a cross from the left side from midfielder Kerry Cathcart that she volleyed inside the far post.

Down 1-0 at the half, Schott had Cal's best opportunity to tie the score with a free kick just above the penalty box in the 57th minute. The Pac-10's leading scorer with 47 points forced Santa Clara goalkeeper Crystal Gordon into a tough save to preserve her team's shutout.

The Broncos tallied an insurance goal in the 73rd minute when Candau crossed the ball from the right side to forward Megan Horvath, who one timed the ball into the net.

Cal pressed forward and had a couple of late chances, but in the end, the Bears suffered their first shutout of the season and their first loss at home (10-1).

Santa Clara outshot Cal, 12-7. Cal goalkeeper Maite Zabala was solid in goal despite allowing the two goals, recording five saves in the contest. Gordon tallied two saves for Santa Clara.

Today marked the last game for five Cal seniors - Zabala, Tami Pivnick, Amy White, Natalie Stuhlmueller and Regina Holan. These seniors have helped the Bears rise from an 8-10-1 record in 1995 to their fifth-straight winning season. Zabala ends her career as Cal's all-time leader for shutouts with 26.5, while Stuhlmueller ranks second with 20 career assists.

'I feel very proud,' said Pivnick. 'I think this program has made tremendous strides in the shortest amount of time anyone could have imagined. It's a tribute to Coach Boyd coming in and changing our program around. It's a tribute to my class coming in and all the classes that have followed. The attitude of this program has changed tremendously. We're now a winning program, and we're never going to be a losing program again.'

Scoring SummarySCU	Candau	(Cathcart)	42:12SCU	Horvath (Candau)	72:42

Shots: Cal: 7 (Schott 2), SCU: 12 (Horvath 3).Saves: Cal: 5 (Zabala 5), SCU: 2 (Gordon 2).CKs: Cal: 4, SCU 0.Fouls: Cal: 16, SCU 19.Offsides: Cal 3, SCU 3.Yellow Cards: Cal: Schott (56:02), SCU: Wagner (26:44).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal: 17-3-1, 7-2 Pac-10, SCU:' 15-6-1, 4-3 WCC.Attendance: 1642.

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